A spearhead in medical science

The largest biobank for family saving of stem cells in Scandinavia. The biobank is approved by Swedish authorities and is an important part of the global stem cell research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help parents to save the stem cells from their newborn baby - for the baby, the family and the potential future medical use.

Our Vision

We want all expectant parents to be aware of that birth is an uniqe opportunity to save stem cells. The stem cells are collected after the baby has been born and the umbilical cord is cut, no intervention is needed, we simply use a rest product.

We believe that cell therapy will play an important role in the future healthcare and future medical treatments. We consider the access to your personal stem cells very valuable. In parallel to the establishment of the biobank for family savings of stem cells, we are also conducting stem cell research and developing stem cell therapies.

 

The History Of Cellaviva

The story behind Cellaviva AB starts with Mathias Svahn, a doctoral student in gene therapy and expectant father. In 2006, Mathias was still a PhD student and was expecting his first child together with his wife.

Today, 2018, umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to treat about 80 difficult diseases, such as leukemia and rare hereditary blood disorders. About 40,000 umbilical cord blood transplants have been carried out in the world. And internationally, families have been offered the opportunity to save stem cells from newborns, for a long very time. But in 2006, it did not exist in Sweden, the only solution for Mathias was to collect and store stem cells by himself.

When he heard that one of his lab colleagues recently worked at a foreign stem cells clinic, he asked him to share the knowledge about how the collection and freezing should be done. Then he defied his fear of needles and brought the equipment to the maternity clinic. After the baby was born, Mathias hurried to the lab to prepare the blood for the next 8 hours while his wife and daughter took to a patient hotel.

"The purpose of saving stem cells is not the saving itself. But rather saving them to be able to use them in the future. And my hope has always been to participate in the process of developing new treatments”, says Mathias Svahn.

The incentive to inform other parents about the potential of stem cells from the placenta and the dream of helping them grew. In 2014 he founded Cellaviva, along with Edward Smith, Hans-Peter Ekre and Lena Degling Wikingsson with financial support from Diamyd Medical. With a mission to increase parents’ awareness about stem cells and the possibility to save them for the future.

 

The Management Team

The founders and leaders of Cellaviva are experienced stem cell researchers and doctors. We act in close cooperation with the authorities, health professionals and medical research. Our employees have a long and unique experience from cell therapy.

Mathias Svahn

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mathias Svahn is a founder and the chief executive officer of Cellaviva, he has the overall responsibility. Mathias has a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Karolinska Institutet, M.Sc. in molecular biotechnology from Uppsala University and postgraduate studies at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. He has experience from the health care business as Medical Manager and has also managed the coordination of major academic projects at KI, Karolinska Institutet

Edvard Smith

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Chief Medical Officer Edvard Smith is one of the founders of Cellaviva and medically responsible for the company. He is a specialist in clinical immunology since 1984. Since 2000 he is also professor of molecular genetics at the Karolinska Institutet and senior physician at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Edvard’s main research area is hereditary immunodeficiency diseases. He established the first unit of the gene and, later, cell therapy medicinal products in accordance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) at the Karolinska Institute. Since its inauguration in 1996, he has been Medical Director. Edvard also founded and ran the cell therapy company Avaris AB, which developed projects into clinical development. In addition, he has published over 400 scientific articles.

Sofie Falk Jansson

MARKETING AND SALES DIRECTOR

Sofie Falk Jansson is responsible for developing and implementing the commercial strategy at Cellaviva. This includes all external communication and contacts with representatives from press, as well as, partners and customers. Sofie is also in charge of the development of our product portfolio, brand and the service offered to our customers.

Healthcare Professionals

Cellavivas team of healthcare professionals are experts in the collection of stem cells and are available around the clock for our customers. They are responsible for the collection of stem cells in the greater Stockholm region and the South of Sweden, customer support, answering questions from parents who wish to collect their child’s stem cells at birth. They are also responsible for the stem cell collection training of the staff in maternity clinics as well as the midwives working in the maternity care. Cellaviva is always looking for more healthcare professionals to be able to offer our collection services at more locations. Please contact us if you are interested.

Sara Olsson

Midwife & Phlebotomist

The last 11 years, Sara has worked with maternity care at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.

Henriette Madsen

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Henriette has worked as a midwife for over 15 years. She has a broad experience within the whole field of maternity care and expert knowledge from her years as a fertility specialist midwife.

Marianne "Majsan" Norman

Assistant nurse & Phlebotomist

Majsan has over 10 years of experience with maternity care and child birth, most recent she comes from BB Stockholm within Danderyds Sjukhus.

Mianne Christensen

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Mianne has worked as a midwife for over 10 years. She have extensive experience from both child birth and the collection of stem cells.

Eva Loncar Dahlström

Assistant nurse & Phlebotomist

Eva has for the last 6 years worked at BB Stockholm within Danderyds Sjukhus. She is a nurse with several years of experience in the profession.

Susanne Garm

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Susanne has worked as a midwife for over 7 years. She is an expert within complicated births and has worked at AUH for several years.

Sofi "Fia" Larsson

Assistant nurse & Phlebotomist

Fia has extensive experience in maternity care and child birth, most recent she comes from BB Stockholm within Danderyds Sjukhus.

Susanne Krogh

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Susanne has work as a midwife for over 34 years, with a wide-ranging knowledge from child birth during her years in both big and small birthing clinics through-out the Nordic region. She have work with the collection of stem cells from birth for over 15 years and is passionate about making the possibility of storing their baby’s stem cells known to every expecting parent.

Carina Grønkjær

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Carina have been a midwife for over 6 years, with broad practical experience and knowledge about childbirth in different birth settings, both for hospital and home births.

Sarah Sommer

Midwife & Phlebotomist

Sarah have a bachelor's degree in psychology and have worked as a midwife for the past 6 years, with the main responsibility over the English speaking families in the hospital.

Henriette Madsen

Jordemoder

Jeg er en af Cellavivas jordemødre og jeg brænder for at gøre dit graviditetsforløb så trygt og godt som muligt. Jeg har stor erfaring på næsten alle områder indenfor mit fag og ikke mindst med opsamling af stamceller. Jeg brænder for at udbrede kendskabet til muligheden for opbevaring af stamceller ved dit barns fødsel, da jeg ser stamcelleforskningen i en revolution, alle gravide i Danmark skal have mulighed for at tage stilling til.

 

Jeg elsker mit arbejde jordemoder og vil gøre alt for, at du kommer trygt igennem graviditet, fødsel og barsel. Jeg fortæller dig gerne om alt du har brug for i forbindelse med din graviditet samt om stamceller fra navlesnoren. Hvad stamcellerne fra dit barns navlesnor kan bruges til, hvordan de opsamles og alt andet du vil vide om dette. Jeg vil glæde mig til at tage telefonen, hvis du ringer for at vide mere om hvad vi kan hjælpe med på 89 88 02 88.

Mianne Christensen

Jordemoder

Mianne er ansvarlig for Cellavivas landsdækkende team af jordemødre, som varetager opsamlingerne af stamceller ved fødslerne. Mianne har arbejdet med gravide og fødende i en årrække og har derudover års erfaring i arbejdet med opsamling af stamceller og kontakten til kommende forældre som overvejer eller har besluttet sig for at sikre at familien har deres eget depot af stamceller til mulig behandling i fremtiden.

"Cellaviva er for mig indbegrebet af etik, nærhed, kvalitet og professionalisme. Jeg var derfor ikke i tvivl, da jeg fik mulighed for, sammen med Cellaviva, at give kommende forældre i hele Danmark mulighed for på få opsamlet og opbevaret stamceller ved fødslen. Jeg håber på jeg kan være med til at udbrede information om stamceller fra navlesnoren, så alle kommende forældre, på et velinformeret grundlag, kan tage stilling til om de ønsker på gøre denne investering til familiens fremtid ".

Email: mianne.christensen@cellaviva.dk

Telefon: 89 88 02 88

Susanne Garm

Jordemoder

Jeg har været jordemoder i 7 år og har stor interesse for fødsler og for den gode fødselsoplevelse. Desuden brænder jeg for den komplicerede graviditet og arbejder derfor i svangreambulatioriet på AUH.

I min interesse for stamceller bliver jeg til stadighed overrasket over hvor meget stamcellebehandling kan komme til at betyde i fremtiden. Jeg ønsker mig at stamceller og opsamling af disse ved fødslen er noget alle kender til og kan beslutte sig for om det er noget de ønsker at vide mere om.

Jeg har to dejlige børn og nyder livet i Skødstrup ved Aarhus med dem - gerne i naturen eller med et godt spil Back Gammon.

Carina Grønkjær

Jodemoder

Jeg har arbejdet som jordemoder igennem de sidste 6 år med jordemoderkonsultation, fødsler i hjemmet og på fødeafdeling. For mig er det vigtigste i jobbet, at kvinden og hendes partner støttes i at finde deres vej til at blive en familie. Før, under og efter fødslen. At støtte dem i retten til at træffe et individuelt valg baseret på viden og deres egen mavefornemmelse for, hvad der er det rigtige for dem og deres nyfødte barn. Her er forskningen indenfor stamceller særlig interessant, idet kommende forældre får stadig større adgang til ny viden om stamcellers mange gode egenskaber.

Susanne Krogh

Jordemoder

Jeg blev uddannet jordemoder i 1985 og bor på Fyn sammen med min kæreste Anders og vores skønne hund, Molly. Jeg har erfaring som jordemoder fra både små og store fødesteder både i Danmark, Norge og Grønland og arbejdet i alle afkroge af faget.

Jeg har siden det første danske firma begyndte at udtage og opbevare stamceller, været med til udbrede viden om emnet, arbejdet som vagthavende jordemoder og opsamlet rigtig mange navlesnors-stamcelledepoter ved fødsler.

Det er vigtigt at udbrede kendskabet til stamceller – jeg er overbevist om, at de kommer til at have stor betydning i forhold til forebyggelse og behandling af sygdomme. Vi er kun ved begyndelsen!

Sarah Sommer

Jordemoder

Jeg har været jordemoder siden 2012 og har arbejdet på både føde, svangre- og barselsgang, samt arbejdet med jordemoderkonsultation og fødselsforberedelse. Fødselsforberedelsen har hovedsageligt haft engelsktalende familier som målgruppe.

Jeg er aktuelt ved at færdiggøre en kandidat i pædagogisk psykologi, hvor fokus er på arbejdsmiljø og medarbejdertrivsel.

Min klare mening er at glade jordemødre giver glade familier, som føler sig hørt, velinformerede og trygge.

Jeg synes derudover at stamcelle-forskningen er yderst relevant og glæder mig over at kunne følge udviklingen på så tæt hold, ved at være en del af Cellaviva’s hold.